Music the artform and artists

​Celebrating 100 years of Billie Holiday's life through music

In a jazz studies classroom at UCLA, the music of Billie Holiday is shaping a new generation of musicians.


Boulez à facettes : de la fulgurance au plaisir, un portrait multimédia de Pierre Boulez

Compositeur, chef d'orchestre, polémiste, théoricien, défenseur de la création contemporaine...Pierre Boulez a laissé son empreinte sur toute la deuxième moitié du XXe siècle.

France Musique

The modernist maverick: Pierre Boulez at 90

One of the surprising things about Boulez is that this supposedly dogmatic fighter for modernism is remarkably flexible in practice.

The New York Times

How Cajuns and Creoles reinvented rock 'n' roll

In 1963, "I'm Leaving It Up to You" by the duo Dale & Grace hit number one on the Billboard charts and went gold.


Six seconds that shaped 1,500 songs

Amen, Brother was a little-known B-side released in 1969. Barely noticed at the time, its drum solo has been hugely influential, appearing in different forms in more than 1,500 other songs - but the band behind it never made any money from it.


Three Jazz Pianists, A Generation After Apartheid

In South Africa, the major art of resistance during apartheid was jazz: a melting pot where folk songs and hymns defiantly mixed with influences from South Asia, America and West Africa.


La ville de Paris accueillera la 4e Journée internationale du jazz

Paris sera le 30 avril 2015 la ville d'accueil de la 4e Journée internationale du jazz, lancée en 2012 par l'Unesco et le Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz pour promouvoir "le jazz en tant qu'outil de liberté et de créativité, d'unité, de dialogue" entre les peuples.

France Musique

Songs of Imploration and Love: The Music of Tajikistan

Since it hardly makes the news, save for the political affiliations that are discussed occasionally whenever the country's surrounding nations are up for debate, Tajikistan and its culture seem to be somewhat of a mystery to those on the outside.

Pop Matters

Driven Into Paradise

Fleeing Hitler, émigré musicians created a lasting Hollywood Sound.

The Wall Street Journal

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